What happened in 2015

“He verbally abused me and molested me”, said a facebook post of a Delhi college girl called Jasleen Kaur. A picture with a caption stating that Singh said, “Jo kar sakti hai kar le. Complaint karke dikha, fir dekhiyo kya karta hun main”. (Do whatever you want, Claim against me and see what I’m going to do to you ).” And soon he was called harasser or pervert by the nation. The post got viral overnight and soon it was travelling the walls of social media handles of people either praising the girl for the act of courage or cursing the so called harasser.

This was an incident of 21st August 2015, 4 years back. Why bring up a four years old case today? Read along

False Prejudices

After Jasleen Kaur accused Sarjeet Single of abuse and harassment over social media, Singh got named National Pervert or Harasser without any proof. Delhi Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal praised her over twitter and personally met her. He set her as an example for the young generation girls. Even the Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi rewarded her with a cash price of Rs.5,000 for her bravery. Popular media channels and reporters like the infamous Arnab Goswami humiliated and declared him the culprit themselves and none of them asked for any proof. They considered it that she was all truthful and brave without any chance of doubt to enter their minds.

After 24 hours

Things started taking a U-turn as soon as the initial investigations began. Eyewitnesses said that Singh was innocent and it was Kaur who abused the man and initiated the argument. Further investigations revealed that just because of the argument Kaur used gender as a weapon and used social media for revenge. She took advantage of the chaos that was in Delhi those days because of several rape cases. Soon investigations proved he is not the harasser as termed.

Singh was arrested as soon as the post went viral. He said, “I was at the red light near Aggarwal Sweets at Tilak Nagar from where I had to take a left turn. Ms Jasleen stopped me and others saying they’re helping so that the traffic gets controlled, and I said I am not jumping the red light, a left turn is free, and if you want to jump the signal, it’s your wish. The next thing I see is she was pulling out her phone and clicking photos of my bike and me and screaming “I’ll go to the cops tomorrow, you will know when they arrest you from your house”. He also wrote, “I know girls encounter eve teasing a lot, but that doesn’t mean you can make false allegations about anyone.” Singh was constantly supported by Human Rights activist Kundan Srivastava.

After 4 years

The incident took place 4 years ago but Singh is still facing problems starting from social issues, not getting jobs and he still has to report the police before leaving town. He’s still called a harasser. There were around 15 court hearings and none of them saw Kaur’s presence there. Reports say she flew away foreign.

What went wrong

The administration and the law & order did its job well but what went wrong was social media and a lot of other things. We as the common man judged a man and got manipulated over a post without giving it a second thought. People like Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Commissioner who held powerful office and represented India in some form judged the case pretty soon without giving it some time. The media played a crucial role here too where they declared a man harasser even before the initial investigation started. Being reputed journalists they telecasted a piece of news based on no complete and absolute research but just on a Facebook post. They forgot they were influencing and delivering crucial reports to a population of millions.

Lastly, it is unfortunate to know how a girl misused her liberties and took advantage of the chaos to take revenge and earn fame. More than anything its a crime against humanity and act of hatred.

Also read: What is needed more – FEMINISM or MASCULISM ?

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